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by Julian Fleisher,Michael Freedman

The Princeton Review Word Smart Genius Edition CD: Building a Phenomenal Vocabulary (The Princeton Review on Audio) download ebook
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060981110X
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978-0609811108
Author:
Julian Fleisher,Michael Freedman
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Living Language; Abridged edition (August 7, 2001)
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Of all Word Smart Vocabulary Building set CDs, this one has the most interesting words.

Of all Word Smart Vocabulary Building set CDs, this one has the most interesting words. The first CD covers the vocabulary related to: Cruel to Be Kind; Country Mouse and City Mouse. The second CD coverts the vocabulary related to: For Better or for Worse; War and Peace. com version which does not come with the liner notes, which are pretty important if one wants to know how to spell these words as well.

It analyzed newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, books from best-sellers to the classics, and standardized tests like the SAT and GRE. The words included in this interactive program are those that appear most frequently and are often misused or misunderstood. Here's what Word Smart includes: words grouped by subject. concise, accurate definitions.

com Release Date: April 5, 2002. This sets contains 5 CDs and goes through about 150 words. Of all Word Smart Vocabulary Building set CDs, this one has the most interesting words. The third CD covers the vocabulary related to: From Mountains to Molehills; Rogers and Hart. The fourth CD covers the vocabulary related to: Earth and Sky; Womb to Tomb.

Building a Phenomenal Vocabulary. Building a More Educated Vocabulary. Introducing GRE Vocabulary 3000, the most comprehensive audio course for GRE vocabulary on the market. Narrated by: Julian Fleisher, Michael Freedman. Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins. Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins. Learn how to master proper spelling, pronunciation, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms through the use of these unique audio exercises.

Audio CD. Condition: Good. Books is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear.

Word Smart" and "Word Smart II" audio programs are snappy, effective vocabulary builders that have had strong and steady sales since their publication, with 120,000 copies sold to date. Word Smart" and "Word Smart II" audio programs are snappy, effective vocabulary builders that have had strong and steady sales since their publication, with 120,000 copies sold to date.

Audio CD, Large Print. 060981110X (ISBN13: 9780609811108).

Book Description Do you have a proclivity for sesquipedalian words? Has your prose become ossified because you haven’t augmented your vocabulary lately? Here’s the perfect pedagogical solution.

Do you have a proclivity for sesquipedalian words? Has your prose become ossified because you haven't augmented your vocabulary lately? Here's the perfect pedagogical solution. Word Smart Genius Edition teaches more than 150 of the most interesting and challenging words in the English language. Perfect for college students, professionals, wordmongers, crossword puzzle devotees, or just plain show-offs, Word Smart Genius Edition informs and instructs in a uniquely entertaining way.
Reviews:
  • Kulalas
This sets contains 5 CDs and goes through about 150 words. Of all Word Smart Vocabulary Building set CDs, this one has the most interesting words.

The first CD covers the vocabulary related to: Cruel to Be Kind; Country Mouse and City Mouse.

The second CD coverts the vocabulary related to: For Better or for Worse; War and Peace.

The third CD covers the vocabulary related to: From Mountains to Molehills; Rogers and Hart.

The fourth CD covers the vocabulary related to: Earth and Sky; Womb to Tomb.

The fifth CD covers the vocabulary related to: Socrates and Plato; Mutt and Jeff.

The recordings are very entertaining to listen to. After defining the words, they are dramatized, often in a humorous way, adding fun to the learning process.
  • Zulkigis
Great for expanding your vocabulary for the GRE. Can listen in the car or while doing other things. Great help for improving my GRE score.
  • Dangerous
There are some good words on the five CDs (a bargain), although it takes some initial breaking in to not be annoyed by the flamboyant speakers. What the CD completely lacks, as it was purported to have, is a discussion of the roots of words. This discussion was rarely had, and in one case (to my knowledge), was incorrect. Not for any serious Classics student hoping to reconnect with contemporary roots.
  • Gadar
The Word Smart audio series is a great and fun way to improve one's vocabulary. While some of the words in the "Genius" edition are unlikely to be used in normal conversation or writing, there are a large selection that can be. The only reason that I cam not giving this review 5-stars is that I am reviewing the Audible.com version which does not come with the liner notes, which are pretty important if one wants to know how to spell these words as well. Some of the words are taken from foreign languages such as German and therefore, the spelling is not readily apparent. Regardless, I recommend this audio book to anyone who loves language and wants to have some fun learning some interesting words.

Here is a list of the words:
Chapter 1 – Cruel to be Kind

Word Definition
Mingy: Mean and stingy; small in quantity (informal)
Nepenthe: A drug or something else that helps someone forget sorrow or pain
Nostrum: A medicine, made up of secret ingredients, whose efficacy is in question, and is usually prepared by the person selling it; a panacea
Schadenfreude: Guilty pleasure one feels when others are suffering
Rapprochement: An establishment or reestablishment of good relations or harmony
Handsel: A gift given to wish good luck for a new year or a new enterprise; the first money received by a business or enterprise usually signifying good luck
Exculpate: To free from blame, to prove to be guiltless
Trade-Last: A compliment that one had overheard and is willing to trade to a person if that person will repeat a favorable remark made about oneself (informal)
Minatory: Menacing or threatening
Screed: A long and monotonous tirade or a long letter
Excoriate: To abrade, to wear the skin off; to denounce scathingly
Niggardly: Stingy; meanly small adv. In a stingy manner
Stygian: Related to the river Styx; gloomy, dark; hellish; unbreakable (oath)
Onus: Burden, something that takes considerable effort to accomplish; blame
Panacea: A remedy for all diseases or ills; cure-all
Gemütlich: Agreeable

Chapter 2 – Country Mouse and City Mouse

Word Definition
Benighted: Inexperienced, naïve
Fusty: Musty, mildew; old fashioned, antiquated
Déclassé: Having reduced social status, of inferior status; one with reduced social status
Jejune: Dull; lacking in nutrition; childish
Tatterdemalion: One wearing rags or tattered clothes adj. ragged
Eruct: To belch
Bombilation: Buzzing, humming sound
Troglodyte: A member of any ancient or mythological race that dwelt in caves; a recluse, a brutish person, a hermit
Mordant: Bitingly sarcastic; incisive; sharply painful
Elan: Enthusiasm or vigor; distinctive style
Bedizen: To dress in a gaudy fashion
Sashay: To walk, to glide in an easy or casual manner; to strut; to do a certain dance move in which one foot slides sideways and is then followed by the other
Fop: A dandy, coxcomb, a man overly concerned with (and usually vain about) his manners and clothes
Cognoscenti: A connoisseur; one with refined taste, esp. in the fine arts; one “in the know”
Panache: Verve; style; originally meant a plume of feathers, esp. on a helmet
Conurbation: A metropolitan area; a region that is predominately urban

Chapter 3 – For Better or for Worse

Word Definition
Termagant: A quarrelsome woman, a shrew, a nag
Poltroon: Craven, a coward; a worthless person
Cuckold: A derisive word for a man whose wife is unfaithful; v. to make a cuckold
Succubus: A female demon who was supposed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men; a demon or fiend; a prostitute
Solipsism : A theory in philosophy that only the self can be known to exist; extreme focus on the self as opposed to relationships with others
Hirsute: Covered with hair
Virago: A shrew; a manly woman, a warrior
Pertinacious: That which holds stubbornly and tenaciously to a course of action, perversely persistent
Sine Qua Non: Something that is an essential condition or element
Uxorious: Excessively submissive or fond of one’s wife
Zaftig: Full-figured; plump (also zoftig)
Dowager: A widow with a title or property inherited from her husband; an older woman of high social standing
Agnate: From the father’s side of a family n. an actual relative from the father’s side
Nacre: Mother-of-pearl adj. iridescent, like mother-of-pearl
Consanguinity: Related by blood; a close affinity
Doyenne: The senior female member of a group; the senior male member of a group is called a doyen

Chapter 4 – War and Peace

Word Definition
Truculent: Ready to fight, pugnacious; fierce, cruel, deadly; scathing
Fusillade: A rapid or simultaneous discharge of many firearms or a firing squad; by extension, a rapid outburst in quick succession
Mettle: Courage; quality of temperament, character
Martinet: An officer who is a strict military disciplinarian; one who is a stickler for rigid adherence to rules
Sangfroid: Extraordinary composure even when in danger
Donnybrook: A tempestuous brawl
Obstreperous: Stubbornly and loudly defiant; clamorous; unmanageable
Ethnocentric: Belief in the supremacy of one’s race or ethnic group
Pyrrhic: Relating to Pyrrhus, king of Epirus. A Pyrrhic victory is one that is too costly
Comity: Courtesy, civility
Weal: Prosperity, well-being, the general good
Equipoise: Equal in weight or relationship, equilibrium; a counterbalance
Pollyanna: One who is unduly optimistic
Encomium: Eulogy or formal expression of praise; a panegyric; warm praise
Meliorism: A theory that holds the world can be improved with well-directed human action
Gemeinschaft: A group with similar tastes or a strong sense of identity

Chapter 5 – From Mountains to Mole Hills

Word Definition
Weltanschauung: A complete philosophy of the universe, world view
Tumescence: A swelling; swelling fullness
Ecumenical: Universal, of worldwide scope; related to the worldwide Catholic church
Googol: Ten to the 100th power
Gestalt: A group or configuration whose individual parts cannot stand alone, nor can they be understood as simply the summation of the elements
Rubric: A class, concept or category; a decorative title or first letter or a book printed or underlined in red
Turgid: Grandiloquent, excessively complicated style in language, bombastic; swollen
Oeuvre: The entire body of work of an artist; a work of art
Niggle: To be obsessed with trivialities; to quibble, to constantly find fault with
Homunculus: A dwarf, a small human; a tiny human believed by early biologists to live in a sperm cell
Exiguous: Scanty, meager
Soupçon: A tiny bit, a trace, a hint, a suspicion
Nugatory: Of little importance, ineffective, null
Scintilla: An iota, a small amount; a spark
Modicum: A small amount (usually followed by “of”)
Trice: An instant, a short period of time (always preceded by “in a”)

Chapter 6 – Rogers and Heart (music and musicality)

Word Definition
Hootenanny: A “thingamajig;” an informal jam session of singers with participation from the audience
Ululate: To wail or howl loudly
Paean: An intensely joyous hymn, a jubilant outburst
Beguine: A kind of popular dance, associated with Martinique
Threnody: A poem or song of mourning, a dirge
Dulcet: Melodious, having a nice agreeable sound; soothing
Tintinnabulation: The sound made when bells ring
Leitmotif: (music) a repeating theme associated with a particular character (in Wagnerian opera); a dominant and recurring theme
Palindrome: A word whose letters spell the same thing forward and backwards
Serif: Those little lines that are used in printing on the end of broad strokes used to form the lines of a letter
Metonymy: A figure of speech in which a word is substituted for a related word with which it is associated
Synecdoche: (sih NEK doh kee) A rhetorical device in which a part is used to represent the whole; a figure of speech in which the more comprehensive is used to represent the less comprehensive
Sesquipedalian: A long word, or one with many syllables adj. given to using long words
Codicil: An appendix, esp. to a will
Epistolary: Relating to letters; contained in letters; written in the form of a series of letters
Codex: A volume in manuscript, esp. an ancient one

Chapter 7 – Earth and Sky

Word Definition
Nadir: (astronomy) the point diametrically opposed to the zenith, directly below the observer, the lowest point
Ensconce: To settle oneself snugly; to hide or place in a secure place
Vernal: Occurring in spring; spring like; fresh, youthful
Dingle: A small wooded valley
Tectonic: Having to do with structural changes in the earth’s crust; architectural, related to construction
Spelunker: One whose hobby is to explore caves
Mudsill: A sill of a structure that is so low as to be in the mud; members of the lowest stratum of society
Sylvan: Like the woods; inhabiting a forest; wooded, with many trees (also silvan)
Zephyr: A gentle breeze
Penumbra: A partially shaded area in an eclipse (usually) between full sun and full shade; an area where something exists in an uncertain degree, fringe
Ziggurat: A pyramid constructed by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
Nimbus: A luminous cloud surrounding an ancient god while on earth; an atmosphere that surrounds a person or thing; a brilliant light that surrounds a holy person, god, or emperor that is used in artistic representation to denote holiness; a rain cloud
Fulgent: Dazzlingly bright, radiant
Apogee: The point of a moon or an artificial satellite when it is as far away as possible from the center of its orbit, the apex or high point
Dirigible: Able to be directed; n. a flying ship (such as a blimp)
Supernal: From above; from heaven

Chapter 8 – Womb to Tomb

Word Definition
Nascent: Emerging into existence, being born
Ontogeny: The development of an organism from conception to adult
Immure: To enclose as if within a wall; to entomb
Inchoate: In an early stage; imperfectly formed
Tyro: A beginner, one who understands the basics but lacks any experience
Eugenics: The study of ways in which to improve the human race through genetic breeding
Etiology: The study of causes or origins; assignment of a cause of a disease
Antediluvian: Extremely old (with negative connotation)
Fetid: Smelly
Callipygian: Having shapely buttocks
Crepuscular: Of or like twilight, dim; active during twilight
Etiolated: To whiten or become bleached
Ossify: To become bone; to become rigidly conventional, to mold into a conventional pattern
Igneous: Relating to fire; formed from a molten state; related to such rock
Atavism: The reappearance or return of previous trait after a period in which the trait had not appeared; an individual or a part that exhibits atavism
Incipient: Beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage

Chapter 9 – Socrates and Plato

Word Definition
Docent: Serving to instruct; n. in some universities, a teacher who is not a member of the regular faculty; a tour guide in a museum or cathedral
Pedagogue: A schoolmaster, a teacher of children
Numismatics: The study of coins or currency; the collecting of coins or currency
Hermeneutics: The science of interpretation (esp. spiritual texts)
Cognitive: Of or related to conscious thought or intellectual activity
Exiguous: Scanty, meager
Emend: To correct, improve, esp. to correct a literary text
Disabuse: To correct someone; to free from misconception
Puerile: Juvenile; immature, puerilely
Iterant: Repeating
Mimetic: Imitative of the natural world in literature or art; imitative
Lassitude: A state of lethargy, weariness or listlessness
Ideate: To form an idea, to conceive
Hortative: Giving advice; encouraging, inciting
Pablum: That which nourishes or feeds; often used figuratively, i.e., food for the mind
Sisyphean: Requiring a continual and ineffective effort

Chapter 10 – Mutt and Jeff

Word Definition
Sui Generis: Unique, of its own kind
Eleemosynary: Charitable, or related to charity; given as an act of charity
Nonplus: To bewilder, to make incapable of speaking or doing n. state of confusion
Masticate: To chew, to grind with the teeth; to grind
Aphasia: An inability to understand or articulate spoken or written language caused by brain injury or disease
Manqué: One who has failed to meet his or her goal
Pusillanimous: Cowardly
Aegis: Protection; sponsorship
Trope: The use of a word in a figurative sense, a figure of speech
Dada: A literary and artistic movement (1916-1923) in Europe that thrived on absurdity, flouting conventional artistic values
Mollycoddle: To indulge, to pamper; a boy who is a mollycoddle n. a wimp or weakling
Tome: A book, esp. a large, heavy, scholarly book
  • Iseared
While I think this product is overpriced, it does do a good job of presenting new vocabulary words. The dialogue between the narrators is funny and their voices aren't annoying. Other reviewers may complain that their examples are contrived, but I think that was the point: they wanted to think of colorful examples so the listeners would remember them better. The selection of words is good as well. I don't retain information well by listening to it, but this is an entertaining way to improve your vocabulary while you are driving or don't have time to sit down and seriously study.
  • Windworker
This CD set was very helpful to me. I had previously tried to learn words by studying them in vocabulary books. That way of studying was not particularly helpful as it was easy to forget them the next day.

However, unlike those books, this CD set manages to be both helpful and amusing while allowing you learn by ear. The unpretentious speakers give out amusing anecdotes that you would hear in everyday life while using the words in context. An casual and "Average Joe" explanation is given after each word is mentioned. Never during the audio will you feel that the conversations are boring or hard to listen to.

I have to add, though, that it is more helpful if you listen to the CDs more than once and study the list of words (enclosed in the box) in order to cement them solidly in your mind.

For those who are studying for the new SAT, an additional perk is that many of these words can easily be used on the SAT Writing portion (essay) to impress the test scorers and get a high score. The vocabulary used in this set is also very useful for impressing bosses or teachers at school.

Overall, "Word Smart, Genius Edition" is a very nice way to learn unusual words and furnish your vocabulary while having a lot of fun. The audio set is a great investment for generating a greater linguistic vocabulary that will benefit you tremendously at work or school (or for impressing your friends, for that matter).
  • Dog_Uoll
Please upload the word list PDF. As a non-native English speaker, it's really tough to understand some word spelling.
Please upload the word list PDF.
I bought this for my daughter to augment her SAT Prep. Since she drives all the time, it was great for her to listen to the words in the car. I will use it for my other children as well.